After a long two weeks spent immersed in the world of Stephen King, I’m excited to turn back to some fiction to get into another world and story. This week I’m jumping into John Green’s newest novel: Turtles all the Way Down.
John Green’s novels and I go way back. I first picked up Looking for Alaska as a borrowed gift from a friend in middle school. This book and all of his subsequent novels have shocked me and moved me to tears more than once, so I’m looking forward to the emotional journey that Turtles is going to take me on. As a quick synopsis of the novel, here’s the description from the front flap of the cover:
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green…shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, reilienve, and the power of lifelong friendship.
Out of all of the novels on my list, I think that my expectations are the highest in this one. I respect John Green’s writing style, so I’m hoping that I’m not disappointed. There’s always a twist in his books toward the latter half, and they catch me by surprise every time. “I’m lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace,” is probably one of the most heart-wrenching sentences I’ve ever read, and I have a John Green themed tattoo on my foot.
So needless to say, I’m looking forward to what’s in store in this novel.
Check back next week to see how it went!